The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Fall Varsity Teams, Week 3

Published by James D. McCaffrey on October 11, 2011 at 10:11PM
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Senior defensive tackle Josue Ortiz sacks Cornell QB Jeff Mathews in the first half of the Crimson's win over the Big Red.

It was again an up-and-down week for Harvard athletics. And by up-and-down, we mean that the football team was up, and pretty much everyone else was down.

5. Women’s Volleyball (9-6, 2-3 Ivy)

Harvard split its games this week, defeating Brown but losing to Yale in straight sets. The team shouldn’t be too worried—it has more than a month to hone its dog-fighting skills before it faces the Bulldogs again.

Previous Rank: Not Ranked

4. Sailing

The sailing team capsized (not literally) at the Moody Trophy at Rhode Island, placing 19th. Roger Williams—it’s a college, not a person—won the event. The team will compete in the Captain Hurst Bowl, Yale Women’s Intersectional, and Lark Invitational next weekend.

Previous Rank: 2

3. Women’s Tennis

Junior co-captains Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana lost in the round of 16 in the doubles draw at the ITA All-American Championship. In New York for the USTA Billie Jean King Invitational, the rest of the team won eleven of its matches. The squad won’t have to worry about separation anxiety at its next match, competing together in New York in November.

Previous Rank: 3

2. Football (3-1, 2-0 Ivy)

The Crimson beat Cornell 41-31 behind 414 passing yards from junior quarterback Colton Chapple. The win made the return trip from Cornell slightly more bearable. Is he still the backup?

Previous Rank: 5

1. Women’s Golf

The team resumes play next weekend at the Harvard Invitational after a week off. Sinking putts and nailing ... straight drives will definitely be top priorities.

Previous Rank: 1